Archive for the Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre Category

After All…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 24, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful criticizing your director, questioning their motives and decisions.

After all, they did cast you.

Every Moment Matters?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 19, 2017 by RobALott

Sure, every moment in the show matters, but not every moment in the show matters equally. 

Start with why the show matters. This will clarify which moments need to matter most.

Keeping Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 12, 2017 by RobALott

Do you count down or do you count up?

Do you keep track of how many shows you’ve done or do you keep track of how many you have left?

Instead of counting down, how about you just stop, quit now, and go find a gig that excites and inspires you to count up?

Extraordinary 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 5, 2017 by RobALott

It’s been said that every story is either about an extraordinary person in an ordinary circumstance, or an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance. 

However, when it comes to theatre and live performance, our audience isn’t interested in making any such distinction. 

They made the time, they bought their ticket, and they made the trip, to see something extraordinary. 

Let’s not let them down.

Like Bread

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Quotes on May 3, 2017 by RobALott

 “Theatre, like bread, must be made fresh every day.” -Alan Bruun

Just Be Cool

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on April 3, 2017 by RobALott

When in doubt, just be cool. 

Someone messes up on stage? 

Just be cool. 

No need to call out the mistake. No need to make the audience aware of the misstep. Just go with it. Help them. Make it right. 

Just be cool. 

What to do with the Critics

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 13, 2017 by RobALott

It is said that on multiple occasions when one of Rocco Landesman’s shows was panned by a critic, he would call up the critic, not to scold and berate them, but rather to hire them. 

He would actually take the critiques back to his creative teams and rather than shrugging them off as irrelevant or unknowing, they would go to work fixing all the things the critic cited as problematic. 

Rocco Landesman became president of Jujamcyn Theaters, a company that owned five Broadway theaters, as well as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Friends,

If you’re smart and good at what you do, go find yourself some smart people who are also good at what they do, but who also happen to disagree with you.